Forgery Scheme Leads To 24 Felony Charges For North Liberty Man

By Lee Hermiston, The Gazette

NORTH LIBERTY — A North Liberty man faces two dozen felonies for his alleged role in a check cashing scheme.

According to North Liberty Police Department criminal complaints, throughout the month of May, 44-year-old Kevin L. Penro deceived innocent people to cash checks that he and another man had stolen. Penro and his co conspirator, 28-year-old Nathaniel Matiyabo, then took the money from the third party.

Penro faces one count of ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony; and 23 counts of conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony, a Class D felony. A Class B felony is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and each Class D felony carries a potential five-year sentence.

Police filed charges of ongoing criminal conduct and 22 counts of conspiracy to commit a felony against Matiyabo last month. At the time, Matiyabo was already in custody on seven counts of third-degree theft, unauthorized use of a credit card, identity theft and forgery.

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